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[identity profile] ddstory.livejournal.com
Sorry for the offtopic, but I thought this could be important.

Somewhere in UK, the other day...


Race to decrypt computers in 104 countries hit by 'unprecedented mass cyber attack'

"Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files overnight. The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $US300 to $US600 to restore access. Security researchers say they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know how many had given in to the extortionists. Researchers with security software maker Avast say they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets. The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers."

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] debunkgpolitics at A Novel Way to Produce Human Organs
According to The Economist, printing and transplanting human organs into a person may become a reality http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21715638-how-build-organs-scratch. One day, there may be devises for people to print organs from home. Also, like surrogacy, there is a lot of potential to help those in need, and there is a lot of potential for people to sell at least parts of themselves. Surrogacy and printing human organs raise similar ethical concerns about people being exploited or treated as a commodity. Plus, multiple questions must be answered before printing human organs is allowed for commercial purposes:

Who would be liable for defective organs?

Who owns the organs before and after an exchange?

Which entities can develop these organs?

What happens if the donor wants to keep his or her printed organ?

Will this new technology create enough organs for transplant? How can a patient efficiently find the desired skin color, size, and shape among the greater amount of organs in time?

Some countries banned all or some types of surrogacyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-women-surrogacy-factbox-idUSKBN1530FP. With both topics raising the same altruistic intent of helping those in need and similar concerns, how governments respond to this new technology will be interesting.

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